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The Low Down
The first input or textarea in source order that has the
autofocus attribute will be focused on page load.
- In browsers without
- Originally in the specification, the last element with the
autofocusattribute received focus. Safari still does this. IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera focus on the first occurence of the attribute.
- Warning: this attribute will force a page scroll to the field with the
autofocusattribute set, even within an iframe. So: know your audience, know the position of the form.
- If you use a fallback, make sure to fire it on DOM ready rather than on
window.load. Would be way jarring to have the page position jump after a user may already be interacting with the page.
- It’s probably good that Mobile WebKit doesn’t support the
autofocusattribute as the zooming/keyboard opening would be too in-your-face in most circumstances.
- Recommendation: Don’t use this attribute.